Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Martyn Ware No Illegal Connections, an exclusive selection of classic analogue synth and drum sounds by the founding member of The Human League and Heaven 17.
With over 270 delectable presets, some with up to 5 distinctly different mixable signal paths giving a total library size of 13.5 GB in compressed downloadable data from 25.1 GB of WAV a total of 11016 samples!
This library is broad selection of synth and drums sounds that chart the very beginnings of UK electronica and synthesizer pop which were to influence heavily the burgeoning “electro” subset of the NY hip hop scene led by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa in the late seventies and early eighties. With a huge selection of pads, leads, pops, drums, fx, amazing tempo locked sequences and curios designed by hand, by the man himself plus a comprehensive selection of warped versions, sound designed by top award winning composers and producers. All presented in “super mono” to give you a selection of channels processed via vintage class-a analogue outboard processing.
Martyn Ware has been an essential and avid contributor to electro-pop music since the late 1970’s, and is partly responsible for such hit records as ‘Being Boiled’ and ‘Temptation’. As well as being a founding member of British Electric Foundation, The Human League and Heaven 17. Martyn has worked with a myriad of talent including Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond, Mavis Stapes and Terence Trent D’Arby.
We’re delighted that Martyn has agreed to create a totally bespoke selection of composer and producer tools from a mind that has created so much innovation and sonic ingenuity.
The sample library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £75 GBP until June 12th, 2014 (RRP £99 GBP). Full version of Kontakt v4.2.4 or higher required.
More information: Spitfire / Martyn Ware No Illegal Connections
Spitfire Audio has announced Mural Strings Vol 2, the second volume in a instrument series of Kontakt libraries that feature a large symphonic string band with in-situ recorded violins, violas, cellos and basses, which each can be controlled totally independently within the collection.
This volume features a carefully curated selection of articulations to compliment volume one, giving the discerning professional greater detail, colour and depth of expression with some must-haves thrown in for good measure!
Articulations include fully functional* legato portamento & detache, carefully measured 1’0 shorts 0’5 shorts and the gentle tapping of bows against strings with col legno. Greater emotion and expression with longs molto vib (molto espressivo), haunting longs sul pont, longs sul pont con sordino, and the searing longs sul pont distorted. Heart breaking longs sul tasto with must-have measured trems and trills. Finally we have a selection fx curated, produced and orchestrated by award winning composers with “tense” longs worth the price of admission alone! We’ve also filled in some of the gaps in Volume 1 with bartok pizz, harmonics and unmeasured trems for the second violins and violas.
The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £339 GBP until June 1st, 2014 (regular £399 GBP). In celebration of the release, volume 1 is also discounted 10% for a limited time.
More information: Spitfire / Mural Strings Vol 2
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Kitchenware – Glass, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
An extraordinary anthology of a set of tuned wine glass performed with a number of techniques by percussion supremo Paul Clarvis. Alongside an esoteric collection of domestic glass and ceramic kitchenware meticulously recorded with a selection of beaters and techniques to create a library of tuned percussion from another world. A selection of sounds that give you the effect of well worn mallet instruments but without their associated stereotypes. Not quite glockenspiels, not quite celestes, not quite bowed vibraphones. This library will add an enticing magic to your music.
To accompany and flatter our amazing selection of Metalware released in 2013 we’re proud to bring you this volume of 4.1 GB compressed data from over 10.7 GB in WAV format and over 12,000 samples. With up to 3 dynamic layers and 5 round robins per instrument, including a variety of easily switchable beaters and techniques, including finger nail flicks and slaps .
Arranged in three sections this library features a set of chromatically tuned glasses played by supremo Paul Clarvis a number of different ways: different hits, flicks, bows and rubs. The second section features a selection of 17 different domestic pieces of glass and enamel-ware played struck 5 different ways. The third is this same lineup up played with water in to give it a drifting dreamy quality. The whole library is recorded with a selection of top quality mics and perspectives.
The library is available for the introductory price of £49 GBP for 2 weeks (regular £66 GBP).
More information: Spitfire Audio / Kitchenware – Glass
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Bones Vol 1, a new British Modular Library series instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
BONES VOLUME 1, Features two sections; Tenor Trombones and Bass Bones both a2 (in future volumes you’ll get soloists, giving you 3 totally different players of each size on different instruments in different positions when played tutti) played by some of the greatest players on the planet today and recorded at Air Studios, London. Deeply sampled with an essential set of articulations, the most comprehensive set of mic positions all ingeniously scripted for an “it just plays out of the box experience”.
Composers have been travelling the world to come and record in London for many years now, our strings are formidable, alongside our woodwinds and brass. But the bones, well they’re just the backbone of any self respecting brass section! Maybe it’s the colliery tradition, the numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, the three major opera houses, several world class concert halls and 80+ theatre pits and buzzing film business in London alone. It leaves our brass players a cut above the rest of the world.
Bones Volume 1 also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable and Mural strings ranges and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Bones will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Bones also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.
The library costs £279 GBP. An introductory discount of 20% is available until March 18th, 2014.
More information: Spitfire Audio / Bones Vol 1
Spitfire Audio has launched Andy Findon – Kit Bag, a new Producer’s Portfolio series sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt by Andy Findon.
Andy’s Kit Bag is an introduction to the marvelous world of Andy and his amazing collection of ethnic flutes and other woodwinds. 5 new deep sampled esoteric instruments IN ONE PACK. Recorded “The Spitfire Way” in our new facility in King’s Cross central London, with mixable selection of the finest valve, ribbon and perspective mics, via world-class Neve pre-amps and Cranesong A/D converters.
Each instrument contains essential articulations that best characterise both instrument and player alongside some incredible “artisan” articulations that bring Andy’s flutes to life whilst still obeying the direction of your composition. Andy’s Kit Bag is ingeniously scripted to spring to life straight out of the box. For ease of use, and alongside standard articulation switching, are beautifully designed “performance patches” that respond intelligently to the way you play.
Included in this collection are 5 of his most requested gems from his endless collection of curiosities: Fujara, Ocarina, Chinese Bamboo Flute, the haunting Contrabass Flute and a simply spectacular Shakuhachi.
The library is available to purchase for the introductory price of £75 GBP until February 28th, 2014 (25% off RRP £99 GBP). Requires full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
More information: Spitfire Audio / Andy Findon – Kit Bag
Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Frank Ricotti Glockenspiel and Frank Ricotti Crotales, two virtual instrument libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and infamous studio in central London used by an extraordinary mix of people from Nick Cave (Proposition) to Beyonce, to Tinie Tempah. Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained Glockenspiel deeply with a number of beaters, techniques and from a number of perspectives. With the recent folk renaissance, the glock has become one of the most popular tuned percussion instruments of recent times. These little beauties are not easy to record well, nor make truly convincing. Spitfire has a decade of experience making the best, most realistic virtual instruments on the market today. By engineering chaos into the selection of sounds and by using the finest ribbon and valve mics with incredible signal paths Spitfire has created the definitive article, so if your favoured Glock is sounding a little worn Spitfire is always a good bet!
Crotales are small bronze disks, almost thick cymbals arranged in a piano keyboard style layout to produce chromatic pitches. They are one of the brightest tuned percussion instruments and similar to a piccolo, will cut through even the biggest orchestral dirges. With the producer range however we like to introduce music makers of all persuasions to try instruments they may never have heard of. So alongside the bright and brash elements of this library you can also find moments of magical beauty. A great instrument that can create the feeling of a bright celeste coupled with a triangle but with none of the pre-conceived ideas of either of those instruments, ie Celeste = Harry Potter.
Again engineered by Toby Warren at Air-Edel Studios, a classic and pristinely maintained vintage studio in London’s west-end, Spitfire has recorded a pristinely maintained set of world-class Crotales sampled deeply with a number of beaters, techniques (including a bowed patch which is going to get tongues wagging!) and from a number of perspectives.
For the first two weeks, the Ricotti Glockenspiel and Crotales libraries are available to purchase for the introductory prices of £39 GBP and £31 GBP, repectively (regular £52 GBP and £42 GBP).
Both libraries require a full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher.
More information: Spitfire Audio
Spitfire Audio has launched Mural Symphonic Strings Vol 1, a new British Modular Range series sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
After the masterful simplicity of the Albion – epic ‘out-of-the-box’ orchestral ensembles and the finely crafted detail and beauty of the Sable chamber string range, Spitfire at last are creating the ultimate symphonic-sized detailed string collection as part of their comprehensive British Modular Range. Spitfire’s long term project to create the greatest sounding, deepest sampled and ultimately future proofed living orchestral virtual instruments collection on the planet today.
Mural offers a grand 60 piece string band (16, 14, 12, 10, 8) but is recorded and performed in such a way as to provide you with ultimate detail. It is not an epic dirgy sludge of trailer-making strings. It is pure in its detail and beauty and is designed to encourage and inspire you to write better orchestral music for your canon.
The library is available to purchase with an introductory 15% discount off the regular price of £399 GBP for the first two weeks.
More information: Spitfire Audio / Mural Symphonic Strings Vol 1